We're finally on our way south after spending a long time in Chesapeake Bay taking care of various things, including getting trim tabs installed on the boat. Now we can go faster more efficiently and with greater stability, but we still can't afford the fuel to go fast unless we really have to! (The boat is FAR more effficient at 7-8 knots than she is at 12 knots.)
We met up with Allen's brother, Jock at Kent Island, MD and have been travelling with him ever since, including a great visit with friends of his while we anchored off their house at Point No Point. From there we went to Jackson Creek (Deltaville, VA) where we anchored off the Marina after spending top dollar for fuel there. Then off to Hole-in-the-Wall at the entrance to the Dismal Swamp. We spent two nights at the North Carolina Welcome Center free dock half way through the Swamp waiting out some gale force winds in the real world. The next day we went past the free docks (along with the free wine and cheese) at Elizabeth City and anchored in Campbell Creek. We were in Oriental before noon (November 1), filled the fuel tanks (at a MUCH better price than the last fill up), and took a slip for a couple of nights. We've showered, done the laundry, had a great lunch "out", feasted on ice cream cones, and done a little boat shopping at a neat chandlery/hardware store/gift shop/department store. Tomorrow we might break the bikes out and head for the grocery store. We're here for at least two nights while another major northerly blows through. After that, we'll be in "the ditch" for a while so the weather shouldn't be a major factor. (We can ride INDOORS in cold and rainy weather with a heater!)
Our mascot, "Bernie", keeps watch for us along the way. So far, except for some very minor problems, the boat has been great and has performed FAR better than we could hope. She is REALLY superb in foul weather, which we never play with on purpose but find all too often anyway. Sorry we can't come up with a more exciting narrative, but our major goal is to AVOID exciting whenever possible. To this point, we have been quite successful in that goal.
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